Leslie Bengover receives award from IOM3

Leslie Bengover, our Technical Director at National Rubber Matmin (member of the Multotec Group), has recently been bestowed with the prestigious William Sage Award by the Southern African branch of the UK-based Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3).

This accolade stands as a testament to Leslie's remarkable contributions to the rubber industry, a field to which he has dedicated his expertise and passion.

The significance of this recognition cannot be overstated, particularly within the realm of rubber technology, as all major players in the industry are affiliated with the IOM3.

The award was presented during the foundation lecture, a platform dedicated to honouring stalwarts of the industry for their unwavering commitment and dedication over the years.

Adding to the honour, Leslie Bengover had the privilege of delivering the 36th IOM3 Foundation Lecture in Gqeberha as part of the awards ceremony.

His lecture, titled "The Incremental Improvement Concept – the Cornerstone of Building and Maintaining a Competitive Edge," showcased his depth of knowledge and expertise in the field.

In an expression of humility, honour, and excitement, Leslie conveyed his gratitude for being recognised alongside other captains.

Gqeberha holds a special place in Leslie's heart, as it is where he pursued his undergraduate qualification - Diploma of the Plastics and Rubber Institute from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The Plastics and Rubber Institute (PRI) was taken over by the IOM3. The full circle moment was made even more poignant by the fact that one of Leslie's university lecturers, Professor W. McGill, had previously received the same esteemed award.

In congratulating Leslie Bengover on this remarkable achievement, we celebrate his individual success and the collective spirit at National Rubber Matmin.


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